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This Week In History! Did You Know?

The first week of Autumn has a long history. Here’s a few choice nuggets!

September 26, 1960 – First televised debate between Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy, ushering in a new age of television and media into politics.

September 27, 1979 – The United States Department of Education receives final approval from the U.S. Congress to become the 13th US Cabinet agency.

September 28, 1892 – The first night game for American football takes place in a contest between Wyoming Seminary and Mansfield State Normal. Both are schools in NE Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the game was called at half-time at a 0-0 tie as lighting was inadequate to keep playing after players has run into light poles. This historic game is celebrated by a yearly reenactment of the original game played between Wyoming Seminary and Mansfield State Normal School during an autumn festival known as the “Fabulous 1890s Weekend.” The re-enactment of the game is a play-by-play version of the actual game as recorded. Fans who watch the game are sometimes known to correct players when they deviate from the original recorded plays.

September 29, 1789 – The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men, thus establishing the US Army.  Most of the men had served in the colonial army during the revolutionary war and had continued to serve for the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation. Happy Birthday Army!

September 30, 1927 – Baltimore native, Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a season. He broke his own season record of 59 set in 1921. The 60th HR ended a hitting barrage led by Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Together, they hit 105 home runs that season. Together with additional sluggers Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Bob Meusel, and Tony Lazzeri, they made up the Yankees’ line-up dubbed, “Murderers’ Row,” and won the World Series with a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Incidentally, Home Run #60 came against the Washington Senators.

October 1, 1982 – EPCOT Center opens as the second theme park at Walt Disney World. The park’s name, EPCOT, is an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, a utopian city of the future planned by Walt Disney, often interchanging “city” and “community.” In Walt Disney’s words: “EPCOT will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are now emerging from the creative centers of American industry. It will be a community of tomorrow that will never be completed, but will always be introducing, and testing, and demonstrating new materials and new systems.

October 2, 1950 – Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published. To see the original strip, go to: http://peanuts.wikia.com/wiki/October_1950_comic_strips

 

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We Need Volunteers to Help with Scholastic Book Fair!

Crofbook-faitton Elementary School is preparing to host it’s Fall Scholastic Book Fair!

We need volunteers to help set-up (9/28), assist students browsing (9/29 & 9/30), assist students during buying days (10/3-10/7), assist with family night (10/6), and then pack everything up at the conclusion (10/7).

Parent volunteers play a big part in making sure school events are successful and fun for the kids… your time and effort are greatly appreciated!

You can help by signing up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4daaaa2aa57-fall1

 

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Fall Equinox This Week! Did You Know?

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Have you noticed it’s darker when we hit our alarm clocks in the morning, and it’s getting a little darker, a little earlier in the evening? Since the Summer Solstice (June 21st), the sun has been rising later and setting earlier. 10:21 AM EDT on Thursday, September 22, 2016 marks the Fall Equinox. This means, lunch on Thursday, will be you first meal of Fall! WooHoo!!!! Pull out those pumpkin spice cookies!

The name equinox comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night). On this calendar day, day and night are equal lengths.

During the day, you’ll notice the sun’s arc moving South. At night, Fomalhaut – the Autumn Star – is making its way across the heavens each night.

The days will continue to shorten until we reach the Winter Solstice at 5:44am on Dec 21. But, that’s a long way off. Until then, enjoy the Autumn sun, lower humidity, bright colors, fall harvests, evening bonfires, crisp morning air and longer starlit nights! …And did I mention Pumpkin Spice Cookies!

 

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You’re Getting E-News – But Have You Joined Your PTA Yet?

join-the-ptaOur Membership Campaign is in full swing! The CES PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth at CES. Research shows that family engagement advances children’s learning and growth, increases student achievement and positively impacts school improvement efforts. Students with engaged parents are more likely to earn higher grades, attend school regularly, have better social skills and have higher graduation rates. Family engagement and our PTA’s fun and enriching programs make up a huge part of PTA’s mission. Plus — the programs are fun!

Join TODAY at http://ces-pta.com/join/

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Calling All CES Men: WatchDOGS Pizza Night Kickoff

WatchDOGS circle logoWatchD.O.G.S. volunteers are fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, older brothers, and other father figures who volunteer for one-half or full day at Crofton Elementary School enriching their environment with more male role models.

Join us this Monday, September 19 at 7:00PM for an informative evening where you can learn about being a WatchDOGS volunteer – and enjoy some pizza.  If you have been a WatchDOGS volunteer before, please join us as there are changes to the program to share with you.  The event is open to adult male role models only – sorry no children.

Please RSVP ASAP at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e49adac28a3ff2-2016

 

 

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Fall Book Fair Coming Soon – Volunteers Needed!

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Crofton Elementary School is gearing up to host it’s Fall Scholastic Book Fair!

We need volunteers to help set-up (9/28), assist students browsing (9/29 & 9/30), assist students during buying days (10/3-10/7), assist with family night (10/6), and then pack everything up at the conclusion (10/7).

Parent volunteers play a big part in making sure school events are successful and fun for the kids… your time and effort are greatly appreciated!

You can help by signing up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4daaaa2aa57-fall1

 

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Make A Difference – Join the PTA

Making CES the BEST experience for our children means being active in the CES community by getting involved and staying current. That’s the PTA! There are three simple steps to be involved and stay informed:

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If you have not done so already, sign up for E-News.  It’s the best, single source for the latest information on events, key messages, programs and volunteer opportunities.  Anyone in our Crofton Elementary School community can receive E-News (you do not need to be a PTA member).  To sign up, go to Subscribe to E-News, enter your email address and you’re done!  (If you are viewing this on your smartphone or tablet, click here.)

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Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. Research shows that family engagement advances children’s learning and growth, increases student achievement and positively impacts school improvement efforts. Students with engaged parents are more likely to earn higher grades, attend school regularly, have better social skills and have higher graduation rates. Family engagement and our PTA’s fun and enriching programs make up a huge part of PTA’s mission.

Join TODAY at http://ces-pta.com/join/

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The success of our PTA — all the community events we host and programs we provide — is dependent on the time and dedication of our volunteers. Parents, guardians, grandparents, and other adult role models are critical to our ability to perform and deliver for our children.

To learn more about these programs, check out all the menu options under Programs.

To become a volunteer, complete a simple Volunteer SignUp form by clicking here.

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PTA Welcome Ice Cream Social – Wed., Sept 14th @6pm

icecreamsocialIt’s almost here! The PTA Welcome Ice Cream Social and General Membership meeting is this Wednesday, September 14th at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria.  Crofton Elementary School families are invited to enjoy some ice cream and learn about all the fun and enriching programs in store for this year at our awesome school.  Admission is free however tickets are required for each family member so that we can estimate how much ice cream we need to buy.  You may order your tickets and print them out at the following website (again, at no charge).

https://ces-pta.ticketleap.com/pta-social-2016/

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Our 1st Ledo Pizza Night – This Monday!

The first Ledo Pizza Night is this MONDAY, September 12th. A portion of the sales goes directly to your PTA. So, skip your weekend pizza, and save your pizza night for Monday!!! Eating in the restaurant is a great chance to see and meet the CES community, but take-out sales count as well. We look forward to seeing you! Thank you, Scott Taggart and the Ledo staff, for your continued support of the PTA and Crofton Elementary School! Questions? Send to me at secretary@ces-pta.com

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Calling All Dads! WatchDOGS Pizza Night

WatchDOGS circle logoCalling all fathers and father figures.  Please join the Crofton Elementary School WatchDOGS for pizza on Monday, September 19 at 7:00PM in the Cafeteria.  Learn about the fun and rewarding ways that you can be an important male role model to the students at our school.  This is an adult-only meeting — sorry, no children.  So that we order the right amount of pizza and beverages, please RSVP by confirming your attendance at the following SignUpGenius link:

Click here –> http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e49adac28a3ff2-2016

For more information on our WatchDOGS program, please click here.